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No Bake S'mores Cheesecake Cups

Hi S'mores, have you met cheesecake? I think you'd be perfect together!

I'm not always a matchmaker, but when I see two things as glorious as S'mores and cheesecake, I just know it's going to be a match made in heaven.

And that's exactly what this is. I love a good graham cracker crust. Add some marshmallow cheesecake and hello! Toast (or char if you're like me!) a marshmallow. Add some chocolate here and there. Baby you got a stew going.

Note: I'm not really going to provide measurements for how much each layer should be - that really depends on how big  your vessel is and how many you plan on making. Lots of shot glasses? Smaller amounts. You will kind of just need to eyeball it. However, if you have extras just put them in a bowl and eat an extra one for yourself while no one is looking!

No Bake S'mores Cheesecake cups
Ingredients:
For the crust
4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
2/3 cup graham cracker crumbs

For the chocolate ganache
4 ounces milk…

No Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni

Hamburger Helper. We all know it. We've likely all had it. And I'm sure I'm not the only one that has given in to time and convenience to buy it and actually make it. I mean, it's cheap, easy, quick, and at the end of the day, not one of the worst things I've ever eaten.

That said, it's not one of the worst things I've ever had. That doesn't mean it's awesome. But, Rob and the kids love it. And I like it in theory - pasta. cheese. one pot. I like all of those things! But why do I feel so guilty making it?! Oh, because it's a sodium bomb that is chock full of preservatives and artificial ingredients, that's why.

I'm not going to get all sanctimommy and judge anyone that cooks for budget and convenience, I still do it a lot! But if I can try to incorporate healthier versions of some of my family's favorite "middle aisle" foods I'm going to try. Especially if it's been a trying few weeks with the kids just not wanting…

Slow Cooker Ribs

Is anyone else crushing on the fact that it is FINALLY spring?! I normally don't mind winter, but come on - this is not Westeros and winter can (and should) come and go here.

I've really been anxious for spring this year because we are getting a patio poured in our backyard this week. Since it's been a hot minute since I've posted (you know, three years I think) I should catch you up that we moved about two years ago to a new build, and therefore our yard has been a bit lackluster. Last fall we built the kids a playground, and now we will finally have a patio where we can hang out while they play, like respectable adults versus sitting in lawn chairs on the grass.

With the new patio comes more grilling, which I'm coming around too, but ribs are just something I've never been able to successfully grill. Rob wants a smoker, and maybe now that we have a patio we can get one, but I really don't see the need to reinvent the wheel here - I've always had trem…

Brownie Batter Dip

It's pot luck time again, and if you're anything like me, you're looking for something "different" to take.  I always take desserts, because I find them easier to transport, and while I love a good cupcake, I always want to try something different, and I love anything I can dip a graham cracker in, or any excuse to eat Vanilla Wafers like I'm 3 years old!

Granted, this Brownie Batter Dip is old news on Pinterest, I'd never actually seen anyone I know in real life try this, giving it great Pot Luck potential!  I could not get over how much this tasted like brownie batter, in my opinion the best part of most brownies.  And bonus, no raw eggs, making me less weary of giving my kids a spoonful to keep quiet for a few minutes!

Brownie Batter Dip
Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature4 Tablespoons butter, room temperature2 cups powdered sugar5 Tablespoons flour5 Tablespoons cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-process.  I usually use Dutch)2 Tablespoons b…